SuperVet's Day Celebration with John Gottschalk Planned at SWOSU


John Gottschalk

Southwestern Oklahoma State University will again be honoring area veterans this year with a "SuperVet's Day Celebration Lunch" on Saturday, November 13, in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom on the Weatherford campus.

John Gottschalk, past chairman of the USO World Board of Governors and current chairman and director of the Omaha World-Herald Company, will be the featured speaker at the 12 noon luncheon that is free for area veterans.

The Collegiate Activities Board at SWOSU is organizing the event. Veterans are asked to reserve their seats no later than November 10 by calling 570-774-3767 with the number in their party. Community members are also invited to purchase tickets for $10 each in the SWOSU Dean of Students Office in Room 214 of the Stafford Center.

 The lunch is open to the first 300 to respond.

"At SWOSU we have a tradition of appreciating and honoring our super veterans in western Oklahoma and this year will be the biggest and best yet," according to Cailyn Russell, student chairman of the event. "John Gottschalk, as chairman of the USO World Board, proved he has a heart and a head for serving the needs of our veterans, as they serve us. We can't wait to hear him."

Gottschalk has owned and managed multiple newspapers.

"Mr. Gottschalk has dedicated his work life to journalism but his private life to philanthropy," Russell said. "He just completed a two-year term as national president of the Boy Scouts of America. He's got a million stories and the entire lunch program will be terrific." 

During his visit to SWOSU, he will first visit with interested SWOSU, Weatherford High School and area journalism students at a "Q & A Breakfast" on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center Skyview Room. Interested students should contact Joel Kendall at 580.774.3083 or Cindy Dougherty at 580.774.3767.

CAB will also have a M1075 Palletized Loading System (PLS) on campus all day and will be open to the public.